Walter Potts leaves on his first European tour. Esther Hayes is promoted to the Civil Service Department of Statistics and moves from Moor Lane to Glasgow. Ken Barlow feels restive and applies for promotion at Bessie Street School.
A Bessie Street pupil is killed in a road accident and there are demands for a proper children's crossing. Ken is interviewed on TV about the issue, but handles it badly, killing his chances of promotion. To make things worse, Val has an affair with pacifist Dave Robbins, one of Ken's college friends, and leaves home. She returns later the same night and they make up.
Ken is appointed Head of English at Granston Technical College. Len Fairclough challenges Jerry to a walking race for a £5 wager. The Street turns out at the recreation ground, the Red Rec, to watch. Jerry, a keep-fit fanatic, allows a panting Len to win and avoid losing face.
Laurie Frazer opens the Viaduct Sporting Club in the old raincoat factory. His wife turns up, bringing a swift end to his affair with Elsie. Leonard Swindley's troubles with Papagopolous bring on a nervous breakdown, and he leaves with his sister, Hilda Barrett. Florrie Lindley opens a sub-post office at the Corner Shop.
At Nº13 Jerry's wife Myra is pregnant and they are in financial difficulty. Myra is poor at handling money, and the mortgage payments have fallen behind. Irma Ogden begins work at the Corner Shop.
Minnie Caldwell falls on the stairs at the Orinoco Club and injures herself. Martha advises her to claim compensation, and she sues Len Fairclough, who repaired the staircase. Jerry is sacked by Len, who can't afford to pay him, and the Booths move in with Myra's father in Viaduct Street.
Frank Barlow wins £5000 on the Premium Bonds and decides to sell his shop and move to Wilmslow. Tragedy hits his celebration party in the Rovers when Martha Longhurst collapses from a heart attack and dies.
Charlie Moffit, the Orinoco's stand-up comic, moves in to lodge with Minnie - along with a greyhound called Little Tich, three pigeons and two rabbits. Dennis Tanner takes up hairdressing and dyes Lucille's hair blonde Lucille is already in trouble with her headmistress for having 'Brett Falcon Fan Club' tattooed on her wrist.
The Ogdens, apparently a nice couple, appear in the Street: Stan puts down a £200 deposit on Nº13 and takes out a £575 mortgage. It is Leap Year and the ever-patient Miss Nugent decides to propose to Mr Swindley. Flustered, he refuses but relents and they become engaged.
The Street turns out for Miss Nugent's wedding. As Leonard Swindley waits uncomfortably at the altar, something is clearly wrong. Emily, agonizing over her choice of future husband, gets cold feet and jilts him. Elsie Tanner takes a job as a 'mature model' at the School of Design and wastes no time having an affair with art teacher David Graham.
David Graham, totally infatuated with her, threatens Elsie with a gun when she tries to break off the relationship. Dennis Tanner, with no thought for personal safety, intervenes and overpowers him. Lucille, Brett Falcon's biggest fan, wins a singing prize herself in a talent contest at the Sporting Club. Harry and Concepta Hewitt leave to take over a garage in Castle Blayney, lreland.
Stan Ogden digs up an unexploded bomb in Albert Tatlock's, back yard. The Street is evacuated to the Mission, and there is an air of wartime spirit as bomb disposal experts get to work.
Irish comic Tickler Murphy, appearing at the Orinoco with Charlie Moffitt, moves in as Minnie's second lodger. The Ogdens have problems with their eldest son Trevor who steals some money and absconds to London. Valerie Barlow, in the meantime, announces she is pregnant.
Tickler Murphy manages Stan Ogden as a wrestler and arranges a bout at the Viaduct Sporting Club with the formidable lan Campbell. Stall is counted out after being thrown from the ring into Hilda's lap.
Ena breaks the news to Len that she has had a visit from Harry Bailey, who called to tell her that Len's ex-wife Nellie is dead. Len and Elsie embark on a trial daytime marriage under the surveillance of Minnie Caldwell.
Trouble at the Rovers: Stan secretly stops the pub clock at a hot-pot supper, to gain more drinking time, and Jack Walker is charged with selling drinks after-hours. Jack's problems are only beginning. He has been quietly paying Billy's rent. Annie finds the cheque book stubs, addressed to the landlady Mrs Nicholls. Suspecting him of infidelity, she walks out. Len Fairclough decides that his son Stanley should stay with Harry Bailey.
Billy Walker returns to sort out the trouble between Annie and Jack. Ena traces Annie to the Egremont Hotel and brings her back. Wealthy butcher Willy Piggott offers Ken Barlow a £100 bribe to help his son through his exams. Ken indignantly refuses and reports him to the police. Footballer David Barlow limps home with a leg injury and embarks on an affair with Irma Ogden. He hears he has been suspended from football on bribery charges.
Stan Ogden goes into partnership with Albert Tatlock and Charlie Moffitt in a waste paper business. Emily Nugent stages Cinderella at the Mission and plays Dandini.